13 Little Blue Envelopes Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Maureen Johnson
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Keith characterize his younger years?

2. What is Ginny supposed to do with 500 pounds?

3. What does Keith offer to do?

4. What does Ginny sacrifice to the Vestal Virgins?

5. What amazes Ginny about Peg?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Ginny meet Keith and what does he tell her?

2. What is Ginny's experience the second night of Keith's show, and what does he do?

3. What does Ginny think of the streets in Rome and how does she find the metro station?

4. What does Ginny decide to do to get rid of the tickets she now holds and how many does she give away?

5. What is strange about the package and what's in the package?

6. Where does Ginny go to search for artists, and what does she decide?

7. What is Ginny's first "assignment"?

8. How does Ginny feel at the door to the pub and what does Keith tell her?

9. How does Ginny and Keith get David in the car when he is drunk?

10. Who opens the door when Ginny goes to the address in London given in the letter?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in "13 Little Blue Envelopes".

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of "13 Little Blue Envelopes". How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of the story. How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

Essay Topic 2

Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in "13 Little Blue Envelopes". Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Johnson chooses the symbols he does?

2. Choose two important metaphors and trace and analyze their appearance in the novel. Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Johnson chooses the metaphors she does?

3. Discuss Johnson's use (or lack ) of literary device (such as foreshadowing, cliffhangers, deux ex machina, etc.), and how they add or detract from the story. Does Johnson use too many or too little literary techniques? State which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related to (style, character, plot, setting, theme.)

Essay Topic 3

Characters are an important part of what makes "13 Little Blue Envelopes" interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Ginny. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

2. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Peg. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

3. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Richard. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

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